Apr
16
2014

Where to Wed: Boone Hall

As spring wedding season begins its bloom, we want to take a chance to highlight some of our favorite wedding venues in Charleston. The Cotton Dock at Boone Hall has long been a favorite for locals and non-locals alike. Its rustic chic ambiance is accentuated by the beautifully kept grounds at Boone Hall Plantation. This location is ideal for brides seeking an outdoor space with lots of existing character. Its simple charm is the perfect backdrop for wedding day pictures.

Duvall can help you create a menu to complement this classically Southern venue. Here is a quick glimpse at the menu from Bryn and Alan’s gorgeous wedding at the Cotton Dock. Catering & Event Design by Duvall Events.

 

Hors D’oeuvres

Traditional Southern Style Deviled Egg

Petite Herb Biscuits with White Cheddar Pimento Cheese and Pickled Okra Relish

First Course

Charleston She Crab Soup with Sherry

Second Course

Mixed Green Salad with Crumbled Goat Cheese, Candied Pecans, Pickled Grapes & Champagne Vinaigrette

Third Course (1 of 3 choices)

Pan Seared Seasonal Catch with Lemon Herb Buerre Blanc, Pecorino & Chive Local White Stone Ground Geechie Boy Grits & Lemon Olive Oil Roasted Asparagus

Seared Duck Breast with Fig Gastrique, Parmesan Farrotto (farro risotto) & Caramelized Brussells Sprouts

Parmesan Farrotto with Caramelized Brussells Sprouts & Lemon Olive Oil Roasted Asparagus

Fourth Course

Lemon Sorbet with Raspberry Coulis & Fresh Mint

Feb
21
2014

Charleston Wedding Design Board Challenge

Each year we ask our team of expert designers to create a design board they think will be on-trend this year. We’re putting the vote to you on which design board sweeps you off your feet! Comment below and tell us your fave or head over to our Instagram, Facebook or Pinterest!

Ashlyn {Romantic Woodland} 

“Getting married in 2014?  Get carried away with a romantic woodland theme wedding where nothing is more magical than a night under the stars.  Allow your guests to escape and witness love in its most true and natural surroundings.

Keep it simple with lush greenery that makes a statement all on its own… accent with this year’s pantone colors of Cypress, Hemlock and Mauve Mist!  Get lost in your love…”

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Hannah {Antique Romance} 

“Antique romance blossoms in the dusk of 2014 under shades of Pantone’s Radiant Orchid glowing against Emerald by the candlelight”

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Samantha {Modern Vintage}

“Let this blush, rose & gold sweep you off your feet in this luscious modern twist on a classic vintage reception. Peonies, shimmer & soft palates make this design an enchanting wedding you would never forget!”

Blush & Gold Vintage Modern

Jan
30
2014

Dreamy Magnolia Plantation Wedding by Duvall Events

Our dear friends over at A Lowcountry Wedding featured this Magnolia Plantation beauty this week. We had a blast catering this fabulous Charleston wedding!

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We love the luxurious and soft pink and white wintry floral accents.

The Menu 

Salad

Mixed Baby Greens with Apples, Bleu Cheese, Candied Pecans and Herb Vinaigrette

Entree 

Grilled Filet Mignon with Pinot Noir Demi-Glace,  Parmesan Grit Cake, and Haricot Verts tossed in herb butter

Pan Seared Salmon, Lemon-herb Beurre Blanc, Parmesan Grit Cake, and Haricot Verts tossed in herb butter

Mini-Sweets Plantation Display 

Bite Size Southern Inspired Desserts to Include Mini Pecan Pies, Bourbon Pralines, Banana Pudding, Red Velvet Cupcakes and Sweet Potato Cheesecake

Thanks to our other fabulous vendors for making it all happen!

Photographer:  Priscilla Thomas Photography  //  Event Planner: Duvall Events  //  Caterer: Duvall Catering  Equipment Rentals: EVENT DRS  //  DJ: Lee Edwards Entertainment  //  Makeup Artist: Pamela Lesch Makeup

Jan
13
2014

A Great Start to 2014!

We’ve been busy chatting away with all of our newly engaged brides over the past two weeks – what a fabulous start to 2014!

We kicked it off by being Wedding Wire Rated for the 2013 Bride’s Choice Awards, earning us our third year of consecutive Wedding Wire badges and a bouquet of happy brides giving us great reviews (click on our badge to check some out!)!

 

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Duvall, Best Wedding Caterers in Charleston, Florence, Myrtle Beach - 2013 Bride's Choice Award Winner

 

We spent some great time at The Charleston Bridal Show this weekend – chatting with new brides about their fabulous wedding plans – check out our booth set-up with mini cucpakes and Southern classics like Charleston pickled shrimp & our famous white cheddar pimento cheese!

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Dec
06
2013

Holiday Cocktail Inspiration

With Holiday parties in full swing, take some time to greet your guests with a creative specialty cocktail to set the festive mood. We’ve posted a few of our favorites below!

Pear & Sparkling Cider Cocktail

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups chilled pear nectar
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 2 cups  Sparkling Wine
  • 4 ounces bourbon whiskey (we used Knob Creek)
  • 1 pear, unpeeled and cored cut into thin slices lengthwise
  • 2/3 cup sugar, 1/3 cup cinnamon mixed for rimming

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and frothy.
  • Rim chilled martini glasses with graham cracker crumbs.
  • Pour mixture into glasses and top with a sprinkle of cinnamon
  • Cheers!

Cranberry Mojito

cran

 

Ingredients:

  • 16 ounces fresh cranberries, washed and dried
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 20 fresh mint leaves
  • 4 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 8 ounces rum
  • 12-14 ounces club soda
  • Ice
  • 4 tall glasses

Directions:

  • In a saucepot over medium heat add the cranberries, sugar and the water. Bring them a boil, then reduce to a low simmer and cook for about 10 minutes to create a syrup. Just before the cranberries start to burst, remove from the heat and allow to cool completely. Add the cooled cranberries to a strainer and mash to extract the syrup.
  • To assemble the mojito, add about 5 fresh mint leaves, 1 tablespoon of the fresh lime juice and with a muddler or the back of a wooden spoon mash the mint. Add the ice, about 4 ounces of the cranberry syrup and 2 ounces of rum to each glass. Top off with club soda and garnish with fresh cranberries and mint. Serve immediately.

Winter Wonderland

spiced vodka

 

Ingredients
1.5 oz. spice-infused Sobieski vodka (see recipe below)
1/2 oz. premium white crème de menthe
2 1/2 oz. pear nectar
1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice
5 sage leaves
1/2 oz. black currant syrup

Muddle sage leaves in mixing tin. Add all ingredients and shake hard for 10 seconds. Strain into a beautiful cocktail glass or Champagne flute. Slowly pour currant syrup through the middle of the drink. It will settle at the bottom. Garnish with fresh sage leaves and pear slices.

Spice-infused Sobieski vodka
8 oz. Sobieski vodka, room temperature
1 chai tea bag
5 black peppercorns, cracked

Put all ingredients into an airtight plastic container. Allow to infuse for 1-2 hours or until desired level of spice is reached. Will yield enough for five cocktails.

Warm Hazelnut Toddy

coffee

 

Ingredients

1 1/2 ounces Frangelico

1/2 cup hot water

2 tablespoons lightly whipped heavy cream

Directions

In a mug, stir together the Frangelico and hot water. Spoon the whipped cream over the top before serving.

Nov
26
2013

Holiday Decoration Inspiration

Holiday decoration is just around the corner and we thought we would send y’all some festive inspiration from our decor & design department. Happy decorating! Slide1 Slide2 Slide3 Slide4

Nov
15
2013

A Lowcountry Evening to Remember

Duvall Events was lucky enough to be contacted to help a corporate group from Boston plan a fabulous interactive Lowcountry evening with The Lee Bros. at The Wreck on Shem Creek that would help leave newcomers with an authentic Charleston experience they would never forget. From the clear top tent to the rustic rope pole covers, the shrimp boats to the ghost chairs and the linen hemstitch napkins to the speckleware we created an unbelievable event that will last for a lifetime! Check out more fabulous photos from the event here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/duvallevents/sets/72157637641145476/

 

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Oct
11
2013

Duvall Events & Lee Bros. Partnership Featured in Charleston Weddings Magazine

Check out a snap shot of our feature with The Lee Bros. in this month’s Charleston Weddings Magazine.

Call us to book everyone’s favorite hometown brothers to cater your next event!

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Oct
04
2013

A Lee Bros. Cocktail Party

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The Lee Brothers, Adventures in Charleston, and Duvall came together for a short and sweet cocktail party this week. Matt & Ted Lee joined the guests and chatted about their Charleston inspired recipes found in their cookbooks.

Pousse-rapière

 Guests enjoyed a Pousse-Rapière cocktail, a drink from their second book Simple Fresh Southern, and hors d’oeuvres made with local ingredients.

Aug
29
2013

Event Trend: Tea Cocktails

As Fall looms just around the corner, we’ve got our eyes set on refreshing yet earthy tea infused cocktails to help you fight through the Charleston September heat while bringing in some fresh Fall flavors. Check out this recipe below for a Royal Tea Gin Cocktail.

 

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Ingredients

 

  • 2 parts preferred Gin
  • 2 parts brewed and chilled Earl Gray Tea
  • Squeeze of lemon juice
  • Spoonful of sugar
  • Lime wheels for garnish

 

Preparation:

 

  • Pour the ingredients into an old-fashioned glass filled with ice.
  • Stir well.
  • Garnish with lime wheels.